One of the great joys of tending to the graphics of the twentieth century consists in encountering limited edition, lithographic portfolios that concentrate on a sharply focused, visually exciting area of interest. We’ll begin an ongoing tribute to this artistry no longer practiced, with the publication, Paris 1928, which happily announces, “Paris is not the name of a city; this designationis too small; it’s the name of the essence of modern civilization…”
Here the guiding motive is assurance that in that place, at that time, earth-shattering overtures were not only possible but brought to fruition by a roster of brilliant print designers.
Leading the way were a select group of poster designs rendered in glorious, saturated color on superlative paper stock.
But perhaps the ultimate dislosures within this treasure chest were the black and white designs. Here, for instance is rich lithographic coverage of ambitious book-binding.
Taking a slightly different perspective within the wellspring of Art Deco is the following breathtaking display of covers for print specialist publications.
The work of a renowned artist like Man Ray fits in perfectly here.
This holding of small but very nourishing works can enthral us again and again, introducing special composure within a hectic life.
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